The best tan accelerators

If you’re still waiting for summer to roll around, or head on holiday, then the thought of getting your legs out might be a bit daunting, but it’s nothing these pick of the best tan accelerators can’t fix.

Nail a natural sun-kissed glow with a luxury tan accelerator this summer, and shop our pick of the best products on the market.

Why use a tan accelerator?

Tan accelerators are different to fake tan, these products work by stimulating melanin production in your skin to bring out your natural colour when you’re exposed to the sun.

Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its colour, therefore the more melanin your skin produces, the darker your tan will become.

Tan accelerator will encourage your skin to glow naturally, won’t cause streaks and will last much longer than an instant tan.

Should you still use SPF?

A tan accelerator isn’t a replacement for sun cream, even though some of them actually do have SPF in them. They’re usually only small amounts of SPF, so to ensure your skin is protected wear an SPF too.

While it’s important to bask in the sun’s rays for that Vitamin D hit, too much time in the sun is bad for skin and health. Ensure you look tanned the safe way with clever beauty buys instead.

How to make the most of your summer tan

The best tan accelerators

Australian Gold Accelerator Lotion

Often regarded as the best tanning products on the market, Australian Gold Accelerator Lotion maybe a no-frills bottle, but it certainly packs a punch in the tan department. This product is designed only to help you achieve a deeper tan whilst enriching your skin with essential oils and vitamins. It glides smoothly and has a very pleasant smell.

Buy now £13.32 Amazon

Elemis Tan Accelerator

Elemis Sunwise Tan Accelerator prepares your skin for exposure to the sun, helping to prolong your tan whilst softening and moisturising your body. A mix of Fragrant Tahitian Gardenia, Macadamia and Jojoba Oil combined with a tan enhancing complex, it leaves your skin beautifully conditioned.

Also formulated with added SPF protection (SPF4), the cream prepares the body for sun exposure by stimulating its natural melanin production in advance.

Buy now £62 Look Fantastic

Elemis Tan Accelerator

EcoTan Accelerator Face and Body Tanning Gel

This lightweight gel from EcoTan helps to ‘accelerate, intensify and prolong’ a deep, dark tan. It works by stimulating the melanin, whilst the liposomes in the gel work on deepening the absorption into your skin.

We love how easily this glides onto the skin and leaves you feeling ready for a day in the sun.

Buy now £16.99 on Amazon

Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Accelerating Oil Spray

The Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Accelerating Oil Sprays contain a tan-accelerating ingredient called Melitane which speeds up the natural tanning process so that you need to spend less time in the sun to achieve a beautiful (and safe) golden glow.

These oils are easy to apply, the oil spreads evenly, and more importantly there’s no greasy residue. Perfect if you’re putting on clothing straight away.

The Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Accelerating Oil Spray comes in three levels of protection, all of them with effective UVA and UVB screens: 30, 15 and 6.

Buy now £12.50 Boots

Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Accelerating Oil Spray

Body Basics by Gatineau Tan Accelerating Lotion

Keep your tan looking radiant for longer with Gatineau Tan Accelerating Lotion. Boasting a triple action formula, it prepares, boosts and prolongs your tan, as well as encouraging your skin’s natural self-protection by using advanced-performance melanin production activators.

This beautifully refreshing cream is instantly absorbed by the skin to help your tan develop faster with a healthy-looking, even and deeper colour which lasts longer and prevents premature skin ageing. Leaves the skin smoother and more supple with a satiny finish.

Buy now £34.95 Amazon


Dior Bronze Voile de Monoi Tan Enhancer

For combined beauty and pleasure, Dior has created Voile de Monoï SPF 10, a new sun care product that protects the skin while bringing out its radiance at the same time. The light, airy texture of the dry oil formula with its sensual scent drapes the skin in a veil of light, enhancing its colour while evening out the complexion. Dior has combined a selection of protective UVA-UVB filters with a natural plant extract that stimulates the activation of natural melanin synthesis, for an even, glowing tan. 

Buy now £31 Boots

DIOR BRONZE Voile de Monoi Tan Enhancer Medium Protection

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